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Water Restrictions set to Continue

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Water restrictions are still in place in many parts of the country tonight.

Local authorities say interruptions in supply are likely to continue until the end of this week as they wait for levels at reservoirs to recover.

Demand for water surged today as many people returned to work following the Christmas break, while many areas are also struggling with leakage from ageing and decaying pipes.

Engineer with Dublin City Council Brian McKeown said he was confident restrictions would be lifted in the days ahead.

“The fundamental issue is that our demand, including the leakage, is above our capacity to treat water and by putting in restrictions, we’ve driven that demand down so that we can put water into storage,” he said.

He said as leaks were fixed, demand would drop below their ability to treat the water and at that stage “we’re back to normal”.

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Advice to Householders on frozen and burst pipes

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Frozen Pipes  Advice to Householders

Because of the unprecedented cold spell, resulting in frost penetration deep into the ground, many householders are experiencing problems due to frozen water pipes.

The two most common sources of the problem are:

  • Either a service pipe between the watermain and the house, which because of the depth at which it has been laid has frozen, or
  • A pipe in an attic, which because of inadequate lagging has frozen.
    Because of the diverse nature of each individual case, it is not feasible to issue “one size fits all” advice. In general, householders experiencing problems with frozen pipes are advised to contact their own plumber. The plumber should be able to locate the blockage and may be able to advise on ways of freeing or bypassing the frozen pipe in the short term.
    Individual tips which might help to avoid frozen pipes are:
  • Wrap a towel around an outside tap.
  • Open the attic trap door to allow heat into the attic.
  • Leave a light on in the attic.
  • Leave heating on longer than normal.
  • Place a piece of insulation eg. carpet/matting over your external stopcock.
  • Park a car over your external stopcock.
  • Farmers should carry out regular check on service pipes to water troughs.
    When carrying out any measures to ensure pipes do not freeze, members of the public are reminded to ensure that the measures are carried out in a manner which is safe and does not create a hazard for either themselves or for the general public.
    Households should know where your stop valve is in the case of emergency.

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HOUSEHOLDERS have been warned to expect drinking water shortages

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HOUSEHOLDERS have been warned to expect drinking water shortages over the coming days as the thaw sets in.

Despite water mains being buried up to one metre deep, the ground shifts as it thaws, which can cause the pipes to rupture, Dublin city engineer Michael Phillips said yesterday.

More than a dozen local authorities have issued pleas to the public to conserve water as reservoir stocks run low because of unprecedented demand. For full story click link below.

Council tracks leaks that led to water cuts

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Council tracks leaks that led to water cuts

Supply due to be restored to homes west of city today


THE City Council are hoping to have a water supply restored to householders in estates on the western side of the city later today, as the severe weather continues to take its toll.

Four main leaks in the mains pipe network around the city — as well as householders leaving taps running overnight — lie at the root of the current water problem, according to the City Council.

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Dublin City Council is expected to announce later today if it intends to continue restricting water supplies throughout the weekend.

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Dublin City Council is expected to announce later today if it intends to continue restricting water supplies throughout the weekend.

Overnight restrictions were introduced earlier this week in an effort to conserve supplies.

Supplies ran low after some householders left taps on to prevent their pipes from freezing during the cold spell.

Elsewhere, snow and ice clearing operations will begin on the M9 motorway in Co Kildare this morning, leading to delays for motorists.

The works, which begin at 8am, will affect the northbound and southbound carriageways at various times during the day.

Pedestrians have been warned to take care as footpaths remain dangerous as the ice melts.

Meanwhile, Bus Éireann says that most of its services are operating normally, but there is some disruption in the northeast and east.

Council battling to plug leaks and repair burst pipes

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The Galway City council staff were yesterday battling to deal with the disruption of water supplies in the west side of the city by monitoring and repairing burst pipes and leaks on the mains.

According to a statement from Galway City Council there was some improvement in the water levels in the reservoirs, however demand remained “exceptionally high” throughout the city. It is believed that this relentless demand on the troubled water supplies is due to a combination of taps being left running and pipes bursting in the cold weather. City council staff are continuing to work on repairing these burst pipes and any leaks on the mains as and when they become aware of them.

The Claremont and Rockfield Park area of Rahoon has been experiencing low pressure and council staff were in the area on Tuesday afternoon setting up standpipes.

The statement goes on to explain: “As water service crews work to restore sufficient pressure for the water supply, some houses and premises, particularly in elevated areas of Knocknacarra (including Upper Ballymoneen Road), Rahoon, and the Circular Road area, may experience diminished water pressure and temporary loss of water supply”.

Council staff had repaired three major leaks which occurred on Monday and were also called to deal with a reported four leaks in the Shantalla, Taylor’s Hill, and Salthill areas this week.

The city council has issued an apology to affected householders saying that while it regrets the “inconvenience” caused, the “adjustment of pressure and service to different estates and areas at different times is essential to distribute the available water supply”. The council added that it is working to avoid the situation that has arisen in other local authorities where all the water supply has been suspended completely at night time.

Icy conditions continue but thaw expected later in week

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IT WILL be “bitterly cold” tonight and the thaw will not be felt until tomorrow at the earliest, Met Éireann has warned.

Parts of the northeast, midlands and east Munster yesterday received further snowfalls, and in many areas it fell on compacted ice.

At Dublin airport Aer Lingus has cancelled today’s early-morning arrival from Boston. This follows the cancellation of flights between Dublin and the UK, France, Spain and Germany yesterday. Air France and Aer Arran also cancelled flights yesterday while a number of other airlines experienced delays.

Iarnród Eireann said all services were operating fully yesterday.

Dublin Bus said road conditions were still expected to be very icy across the city today and it will continue to monitor all routes with regular updates on its website, Bus Éireann said it will assess the situation early this morning and it too will have regular updates on its website,

All users of public transport have been advised to contact their service providers before leaving home.

Up to 10,000 homes were without power yesterday evening in Donegal due to a “major fault” in the area. Weather conditions hampered crews as sleet and snow fell last night.

Eircom reported a fibre break on an underground cable between Listowel, Co Kerry and Foynes, Co Limerick. About 8,850 broadband customers and 750 telephone customers had their service restored by yesterday evening and the company said efforts to reconnect about 1,150 customers in Killorglin would continue.

The Government’s emergency taskforce will continue to co-ordinate efforts today as the ESB reconnects homes which were cut off during the cold spell.

Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey warned motorists to continue to be vigilant and confirmed Operation Freeflow, the annual deployment of extra gardaí on the streets of Dublin, had begun on December 1st. He also appealed to householders to check on their elderly neighbours during the ongoing cold spell.

Dublin City Council engineer Michael Phillips said the cost of having workers out on the streets clearing snow, as well as the extra costs for salt and gritting, were running close to €1 million.

Sean O’Neill of the National Roads Authority said salt was being transported around the country to areas of most need and while supplies were as low as 25,000 tonnes nationally, he anticipated they would be back up to 50,000 tonnes by Christmas.

Dwindling levels lead to water supply cuts

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CUTS TO water supplies throughout Dublin city and county could continue until Christmas, a senior local authority engineer has warned.

The four Dublin local authorities have begun to implement night-time water restrictions, cutting the supply to houses between 7pm and 7am, which will affect some suburbs more than others.

The cuts are needed because of the dwindling supplies at the county’s reservoirs caused by leaks and wasting of water by residents who have been running taps in the belief that it will prevent pipes from freezing.

The levels of water in the reservoirs serving the city and county have been falling by an average of 20 megalitres (million litres) per day. The demand for water had increased over the last week from 538 megalitres on Sunday November 28th to 575 last Sunday. Dublin’s water treatment plants can produce about 560 megalitres per day.

City manager John Tierney has assured Dubliners that water tanks in every home or business will have sufficient quantity to cover the amount of water needed when water will be restricted.

“We acknowledge and appreciate the high level of co-operation and assistance already received from consumers. With their continued support it will be possible to limit the level of restrictions.”

However, he said supplies would only be maintained if householders didn’t leave taps running during the cold weather or hoard water in baths.

Water restrictions in the city began last night and are planned to continue for the next two nights, the city manager said, with cuts to the supply running into buildings in some parts of the city and reductions in pressure in others.

However, senior engineer with South Dublin County Council Dermot Finch said the restrictions in his area could continue for weeks. “We’ll be turning off the water every night for the foreseeable future until such time as the reservoirs recover. If the residents don’t run the taps unnecessarily and don’t fill baths, we hope the the restrictions will end by Christmas.”

Fingal County Council has planned restrictions for the next three nights. A different selection of suburbs will be chosen each night so that no area has its water cut two nights in a row. The council is advising householders not to run dishwashers or washing machines, which can draw a significant amount of water, on the days that restrictions apply to their areas.

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council will decide which areas will have a cut in supply by 5pm each day. The council has not determined how long the cuts will continue but has advised that older houses are likely to experience delays in the restoration of full supplies each day.

Dublin Chamber of Commerce said the lack of notice for the cuts was unacceptable.

“It is completely frustrating that there has been no communication with ratepayers who are funding this city,” spokesman Patrick King said. “It’s unbelievable that householders are again running taps after what happened in January and it shows up the urgent need for domestic charging for water.

Labour city councillor Kevin Humphreys said it was unfortunate that the council hadn’t been able to give more notice of the restrictions, but the loss of water became a major issue only last weekend.

“We need to act now as a matter of urgency. If we can reduce the usage of water over the next few weeks, we can avoid having to bring in the tankers as we did last January when households were left without water.”

Details of the restrictions will be available each day on the local authority websites:,, and